Vienna Lager

Recipes:
3,290
BJCP 2021:
07A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇦🇹 Austria
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Vienna Lager is a traditional European beer style that presents an elegant balance between malt and hops. This lager traces its origins back to the 19th century in Vienna, Austria. Over time, the style fell out of favor in its homeland but found new life in other regions, notably Mexico, where Austrian brewers immigrated and continued the brewing tradition.

One characteristic of a Vienna Lager is its visual appeal: it sports a beautiful amber to copper color with remarkable clarity and a persistent head that ranges from off-white to deep ivory. The color reflects the use of Vienna malt which imparts both the hue and the primary flavor components. When it comes to taste and aroma, this style is known for its elegant malt complexity with a clean yet rich and somewhat bready malt base. Slight toastiness and mild malty sweetness are common, but should not be overly caramelized or heavily roasted. Hop character can range from none to moderate levels, often showcasing noble-type hops that provide a balanced bitterness without overwhelming the malt flavors. Traditional examples may have a subtle spicy or floral hop nose, while others might lean towards a more restrained hop presence allowing the malt profile to shine through. The finish tends to be dry, enhancing drinkability. The finest examples exhibit a smooth lager fermentation character with no diacetyl or other fermentation esters.

While unique in its own right, Vienna Lager relates closely to Märzen/Oktoberfest beers with their shared appreciation for malty richness; however, Vienna Lagers tend to be lighter in body and color compared to Märzens. It also shares similarities with German Amber Lagers but maintains distinction through regional hop varieties and brewing techniques specific to its historical production methods.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.7 – 5.5 %

In Database
4.3 < 5.1 < 5.9 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 30 IBU

In Database
16 < 25 < 34 IBU

Color

Specification
18 – 30 EBC
9 – 15 SRM

In Database
14 < 22 < 31 EBC
7 < 11 < 16 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
11.9 – 13.5 °P
1.048 – 1.055 OG

In Database
10.9 < 12.6 < 14.7 °P
1.044 < 1.051 < 1.060 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 3.6 °P
1.010 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.8 < 3.1 < 4.4 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.017 FG

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